A new report concludes the price tag from Alzheimer's disease will skyrocket over the next 25 years, particularly in Florida, home to the nation's fastest-growing over- 65 and over-85 populations.

The study prompted a new coalition of researchers, health care providers, business leaders and senior advocates to call for an "all-out push" to find a cure

"Policymakers and the public need to know about the tremendous progress we've made toward identifying causes, prevention strategies and even a cure for Alzheimer's disease," Leissring said. "Investment in Alzheimer's research is as promising as it is pressing."

That progress includes identifying genes that correlate with Alzheimer's incidence, which ultimately may lead scientists to new treatments and diagnoses. Byrd Institute researchers also have achieved stunning results in regenerating neurons, which may restore brain functioning in Alzheimer's victims and may also offer significant hope to victims of Lou Gehrig's disease and spinal cord injuries.